AMHERST, Mass. – Rhode Island's men's team and the Duquesne women's team lead following the first day of competition at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held at UMass Track & Field Complex.
Rhode Island, the 2016 runner-up, concluded Day One with 78.5 points, after sweeping the hammer throw, and winning the javelin throw, long jump, pole vault and the high jump. Earning Gold for the Rams was Alex Briggs (hammer throw), Greg McManus (javelin), Casey Burley (long jump), Ondrej Honka (pole vault) and Eric Wicks (high jump).
Massachusetts, the host of the 2017 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, is currently in second place with 48 points. Brendan Lloyd led the way for the Minutemen winning silver in the pole vault. Also medaling for UMass was Kristopher Horn who took home bronze in the men's long jump.
George Mason is in third place on the men's side with 46 points and is followed by Saint Louis (32 points) and Saint Joseph's (18.5 points) in the top five. Rounding out the rest of the standings are Fordham (15 points), VCU (15 points), Duquesne (13 points), Davidson (5 points) and La Salle (2 points).
Also recording event victories on the day was George Mason's Paul Adam (3000 meter Steeplechase) and Fordham's Ryan Kutch (10,000 meters).
On the women's side, Duquesne scored a total of 48 points in the seven women's events scored to take the narrow lead after Day One. The Dukes earned gold in the 3000 meter steeplechase (Valerie Palermo), silver in the 10,000 meters (Autumn Greba), the high jump (Shannon Taub) and the hammer throw (Mercedes Oliver), along with bronze in the long jump (Victoria Soeder).
Dayton is currently in second with 47 points after finishing first in the hammer throw (Erin Reese) and the javelin (Lillian Cook). The Flyers also took third in the 10,000 meters (Taylor Vernot).
Massachusetts is currently in third in the standings with 42.5 points. Following Duquesne, Dayton and Massachusetts in the standings are Rhode Island (41.5 points), Davidson (20 points), VCU (14.5 points), George Washington (12 points), La Salle (10 points), Saint Joseph's (8.5 points), Fordham (5 points) and Saint Louis (4 points).
Also earning gold medals on Saturday was George Washington's Miranda DiBiasio (10,000 meters), UMass' Jada Harris (high jump), George Mason's Shelby Garnand (pole vault) and Rhode Island's Janel Conley (long jump).
The final day of competition will be on Sunday. Events begin at 9:00 AM with the Men's Decathlon 110 meter hurdles.